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Hallowe’en in the Boneyard.

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Happy Hallows’ Eve/October!

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I’m actually not a huge fan of Hallowe’en … after working in Emergency for years and seeing what comes in during that one night of the year (read: Burns), I definitely lost my taste for the ‘fun’ night.

But I digress – I wanted to share this as a kick start to the Deep Fall! I hope it is a spooky and pumpkin patch filled month for you!

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This spin had been in my fibre stash most of the summer, begging to be spun. I was able to make two samples: a Navajo-plied and traditional 2-ply. Neither really spoke to me. The Navajo-plied sample actually had some Sweet Georgia Yarns’ Superwash Merino mixed into it as this was my original plan for this top. I like the results but … I really don’t know why I didn’t continue with that original plan. I just plain didn’t feel like it. The second sample, which was the traditional 2-ply, was horrible. I didn’t like it one bit (although looking at the sample again while I was photographing it has me re-thinking but I think this top shines as singles).

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The rest of the top sat after that, calling to me from my bookshelf, We want to be singles … You can do it … We promise … Just spin us into singles … and so on. Creepy, right? But I swear it was calling to me.

Finally, in early September, I took a deep breath and very quickly (WOW! Singles spin up quickly!) spun up the rest of the braid! I held a piece of fingering weight yarn on my palm while spinning to check the thickness every so often but I have to admit, I found it difficult to keep the singles perfectly uniform. There is a lot of fluctuation in these from thick to thin. For my first attempt at singles, however, I am really happy. And it screams Hallowe’en!

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Finished Specs: 446 metres/110g [488 yards/4oz]

Weight: Fingering/light sport, 15-18WPI

Structure: Singles, Z-twist direction

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Next, what to do with it?! I usually don’t wind yarn immediately and knit with it. I tend to admire it in it’s skeined form for a while (I have a large glass vase from IKEA that I place all of my handspun in until it calls to me what it would like to be knit into … I should take a picture of that one day …). But I rushed to finish this because we were going camping and would be driving some 2000km. I really wanted to take this project so I cast on immediately for another shawl.

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I have no idea what has gotten into me with all these shawls lately. The big question is … Will I wear them?! Time will tell!

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Pattern: Boneyard by Stephen West {free on Ravelry}

Needles: 5.5mm Addi Lace circulars

Yarn: (per above) Malabrigo Nube spun gently thick & thin, colourway Glitter

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These are my modifications to Boneyard:

  • Edge increases were worked every row
  • Three garter ridges were knit, rather than 1
  • 9 rows of St st were knit between garter ‘sections’

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I knit until I ran out of yarn. I used the super stretchy cast off from Evelyn Clark’s Swallowtail Shawl.

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Overall, I am really happy with how this turned out. I was worried it wouldn’t be big enough for the drapey and oversized shawls I like to wear but I think it actually turned out perfectly. I definitely wouldn’t want it any smaller!

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Any plans for Halloween? Kids to take trick or treating? Costume parties? What is your favourite part of Deep Fall?

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My favourite parts of the Deep Fall are the Pumpkin Spice Lattes and changing colours of the leaves before they actually start to fall.

Happy Spinning & Knitting :)

7 thoughts on “Hallowe’en in the Boneyard.

  1. This is a really great example of something a little more unexpected being just perfect for the fibre! What a beautiful shawl!!! I really liked the traditional 2-ply (for some reason the colours I’ve been drawn to lately are pretty much exactly how it looks in 2-ply), but wow, the singles are even more gorgeous.

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    1. You are so right – I did not have high hopes for this fibre at all! But spun into singles it’s as bright in person as the photos … Really exceeded expectation! Thanks!

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  2. Love the singles – and the resulting shawl. I’m curious as to how easy you found it to use the Nube – I have quite a few braids in my stash but have heard some negative comments about it, and I’m hesitating to start working with it….

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    1. Oh I’m sorry you’ve heard some negative things about the nube! This is my third time working with it. I think my only “complaint” is that it needs, in my opinion, a lot of pre-drafting as it seems to get quite beaten up in the dying process. This is understandable in the sense that they are dying a lot at once and it is hard to prevent! I stripped this down to super narrow stripes to spin and it worked wonderfully. Does that help?

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        1. Hopefully not! Nube is definitely treated a bit roughly during the dying process but nothing that can’t be overcome :) cast wait to see what you spin out of your Nube stash!

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